Designing with SOLIDWORKS
September 03, 2019

Designing with SOLIDWORKS

Michael Greene | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with SOLIDWORKS

As a long-time user of SOLIDWORKS, I have seen the progression from the beginning. In its infancy it was a good option at a good price for a stand-alone 3D program. It was occasionally unstable in the early years but has progressed to a very stable user-friendly platform for mechanical design applications. I have designed many complex progressive stamping dies using SOLIDWORKS Professional and continue to do so. The time saved by using toolbox and library features is one of the best benefits.
  • 3D modeling.
  • Automatic drawing creation.
  • Integration with Mastercam.
  • Needs more progressive die components in toolbox.
  • Drawing layers and colors are difficult to work with.
  • Complex sketches are still somewhat slow to rebuild.
  • SOLIDWORKS allows for fast turnarounds in design of progressive stamping dies.
  • Reusing library parts saves even more time.
  • ROI is easily attained and far surpassed each year.
SOLIDWORKS is very user-friendly. The user interface is intuitive. Many sources for help are available in the event you are attempting something new.
My software reseller has always been prompt to help with any issues. The SOLIDWORKS online help library is extensive and covers nearly all questions. This makes phone calls to my reseller very rare.
SOLIDWORKS is far superior to DraftSight but each has a place in my daily designs.
SOLIDWORKS is very well suited for modeling complex 3D parts and assemblies. Simple 2D drawings for laser, water jet, or wire EDM are better suited for DraftSight.